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Video: International protests oppose Chechnya repression

Click the image to view the video "Eyes on Chechnya."
Click the image to view the Human Rights First video “Eyes on Chechnya.”

A multitude of demonstrations around the world are seeking an end to the anti-LGBT repression in Chechnya.

The United States-based advocates at Human Rights First created the video “Eyes on Chechnya” to show many of the recent protests, which have been staged in Argentina, the United Kingdom, Lithuania, France, the Netherlands, Iceland, the United States, Mexico, Portugal, Ireland, Belgium, Canada, Israel, Austria, Spain, Australia, Chile, Russia and many other countries.

See also these updates on the anti-gay crackdown and other responses to it:

Regarding the preliminary investigation by Russian authorities in Chechnya, reported here on May 22 in the article “Chechnya investigators told: 26 illegal killings in 2017″:

Regarding protests against the Chechnya crackdown, Mariel Perez Santiago, senior associate at Human Rights First, writes:

Click the image to view the Human Rights First video "Eyes on Chechnya."
Click the image to view the Human Rights First video “Eyes on Chechnya.”

I wanted to share a video that Human Rights First created to highlight the global solidarity around the ongoing human rights crisis in Chechnya. From Buenos Aires to Belfast to Vilnius, civil society has mobilized to call attention to the situation gay and bisexual men and other members of the LGBT community are facing in Chechnya and to call for accountability and justice.

The location of Chechnya between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea.
The location of the Russian republic of Chechnya between the Black Sea and Caspian Sea.

As we continue to work alongside organizations in Russia leading the response to the crisis and the evacuation of those victimized by these abuses, they stress the importance of continued international attention to achieving justice and accountability. Of course, this video does not capture the full breadth of actions around the world, but is meant to highlight just some of the efforts led by civil society groups and individuals. We are grateful to Melissa Etheridge, who allowed us to use her song “Uprising of Love” in the video:

We are working to further amplify the message of the importance of continued global solidarity and would appreciate it if you would share this video with your networks, using #eyesonchechnya.

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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